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Tisdale: A point gained

Exeter manager Paul Tisdale felt it was a crucial point gained as his side were held to a 1-1 draw by Cheltenham at St James' Park.

Exeter went in front when Jordan Moore-Taylor flicked in from Craig Woodman's cross for his first professional goal, but Cheltenham earned a share of the spoils when Byron Harrison capitalised on some poor defending to poke the ball past Exeter goalkeeper Christy Pym.

The point did little to help Exeter in their fight to avoid relegation and they sit just two points above the relegation zone with a trip to promotion-chasing Chesterfield to come on Good Friday.

"It was a point gained," Tisdale said. "We started the game really well and I couldn't have asked for more of the players than what they gave in that opening quarter. They really took the game to Cheltenham.

"We played with a lot of forward pressure and that is what I thought we needed to do, but I am disappointed that they got an equaliser. They didn't have much to show for their opening 20 minutes, but they managed to bundle one in.

"I am not sure if it was soft on our behalf, or slightly fortuitous on their behalf, but the fact is it was 1-1 and I don't think we deserved to be level at that point, but they were and then the game ebbed and flowed after that.

"I thought it was a fair result and I am pleased with how we played. It is an anxious time, it is nerve-wracking for us all and there is a lot at stake with every pass, every tackle and every decision you make. All things considered, I thought the players applied themselves really well.

"There are going to be weeks where teams win, teams lose and others draw, but as long as we keep applying ourselves in the right way and playing our football, then we will be competitive in every game. We have to knuckle down and finish the season with some points."